Sharyn Joy Kerns Memorial Reef
“Sharyn Joy Kerns”
September 11, 1950 – November 17, 2015.
The spelling of “Sharyn”. Her Father named her. He wanted to Share in the Joy.
Joy simply loved. Joy loved her family, friends, making music with her flute or piccolo, her bees, gardening, selling her produce and honey at the local Farmers Market, travel, cross word puzzles, dogs, being near the sea, fishing, along with an insatiable curiosity for the world. And she loved me.
Raised primarily in Irving, TX, and living near Lake Dallas, TX, Joy moved for work to the Atlanta, GA area in 1991. In 1995, on the Front Porch of the house they had built together, with friends and neighbors present, she married Terry Kerns. A few years later they were able to buy a Canal Front Townhouse together in Mexico Beach that would become a gathering place for those family and friends that she loved so much. Weeks filled with laughs, good food, drinks, storytelling and of course fishing. Most years also included a “Girls Trip” to Apalachicola via the Intracoastal Waterway.
In their twenty-five or so years together, Joy and Terry were able to not only do all the things they loved but were ready to move it all to a bigger stage. Joy was planning to retire in early 2016 and together they would start that “retirement” with a trip to Peru, an Amazon River Trip and the Galapagos Islands.
In October of 2015, Joy was diagnosed with cancer, and shortly after began her first chemotherapy treatments. Within days of starting the treatments, she became sick from the treatments and subsequently passed away on November 17.
Joy is buried at the Georgia National Cemetery near Canton, GA.
Joy was a member of the Roswell New Horizons Band in Roswell, GA and a member of the Georgia Farm Bureau.
She never met a Posted or No Trespassing Sign that didn’t mean “except for Joy”. She always wanted to see what was on the other side.
3 Florida Limestone Artificial Reefs (1 with a plaque) and 1 Grouper Reef. Verified by MBARA diver Bob Cox on 10 May 2016. Two Ecosystems on pedestals added on 22 Apr 2017 to the North end of the reef.